Q. How has your lockdown been going?
It’s been tough losing over 30 shows. I’ve been in this game for over 20 years and this was my time, I was really happy to bring my new album to the world, but had to delay plans. Also my kids have had to stay home, so it’s been a lot of readjusting. Luckily the studio is ready, so I’ve spent a lot of time at Nyege studios recording my next album which will be FIRE! MC Yallah don’t stop, you know.
Can you tell us about the track you’re sharing for this Counterflows Intervention?
For Counterflows I wanted to share a track that’s very special to me, it’s called ‘Noone seems to bother’ and it was started in Berlin when me and Khanja and Debmaster were rehearsing and the song just came to us naturally. Considering the current events, it seems that people in power don’t seem to bother about us. People stop caring about nature and each other, so this is affecting us all. We must continue to care and strive for something better, no matter the circumstances. I like that I worked with Khanja on this because he really brings out the RAGE in this track.
Over the past few weeks you’ve been involved in a music project on Uganda’s Lake Nalubaale (renamed Lake Victoria in 1858 by a British explorer). Can you tell us a bit about that?
Yes, we decided to get together with a bunch of A-list artists from Uganda to pay homage to our Lake Victoria, that is currently overflowing and affecting a lot of our communities. It’s also a victim of pollution. We thought it was a good idea to bring out a strong message that we must preserve our nature and our lake. It was organised by Talent Africa.
Q. How did you first get involved with the Nyege Nyege collective and the Kampala party scene in general?
About ten years ago, Derek [Debru, co founder of Nyege Nyege] started a show on TV called Newz Beat. He invited rappers to come and deliver segments of the news in a rap format every weekend on national TV in English and Luganda and Kiswahili. We were in the same circles and naturally he knew of my talent so he brought me in to deliver the news to the youth. After that we just kept going and as Nyege Nyege grew I naturally also supported it and now we are here together.